Carnival ride’s name upsetting Fla. Holocaust survivors


(JTA) — The name of a ride at a South Florida fair is offending some Holocaust survivors living in the area.

The Zyklon ride at the Broward County Fair conjures up the cyanide gas used in Nazi death camps.

"Of all the names in the world, why do they need to name rides that?" Rita Hofrichter, a Holocaust survivor who works at the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center in Hollywood, Fla., told the Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper. "It’s upsetting to me to come across that as a survivor. I lost my whole family in the gas chambers, particularly in Auschwitz."

The ride’s owner, Frank Zaitshik of the Michigan-based Wade Shows, said Zyklon is German for cyclone and that the ride was named by its Italian manufacturer, which has since gone out of business.

Zaitshik told the Sun-Sentinel that he has heard the complaint before and now intends to change the ride’s name.

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